Hollywood heavyhitters are now using DSLR cameras to make high-quality productions. Originally used almost exclusively as crash cams, TV shows like the award-winning US drama Dexter have started to use Nikon's new D800 and D4 DSLR cameras to shoot entire scenes; testament to the technology, versatility and output quality of these cameras.
Entrants will get the opportunity to showcase the immense range of capabilities and versatility of video recording on DSLRs. Filmmakers, whether emerging or established, will also get a new, accessible outlet to express their creative vision.
Jason van Genderen, 2008 Tropfest NY winner and past Tropfest Australia finalist, described how DSLRs have become valuable tool for filmmakers.
"DSLR cameras have come a long way in quality. Today they are inexpensive, easily accessible and are small enough to fit in a backpack," he says, "more importantly, the ease of use and quality of the images you get means filmmaking is now an attainable goal for anyone, no matter your level of experience."
Tropfest Major Partner Nikon have developed a wide range of award-winning DSLR cameras and products used by amateur filmmakers and Hollywood directors alike. The Nikon D800 has won numerous awards including Fairfax Camera of the Year 2012, Camera Magazine Video Camera of the Year 2012, EISA Camera of the Year 2012/13, TIPA Best Expert DSLR and Camera Grand Prix 2012 Camera of the Year.
The Nikon D600, released in September making full frame photography and film making even more accessible, has also been awarded DSLR of the Year 2012 by Camera Magazine, one of Australia's most prestigious imaging product design awards.
Tropfest provides up-and-coming filmmakers a launch pad into the competitive industry. Sixteen finalists will have their work screened to a massive audience including industry insiders on Sunday, 17 February 2013. Held at The Domain in Sydney, the event will be screened live to locations all over Australia.
The winner of the Nikon DSLR Film Category will receive a brand new Nikon D600 and $3000 RRP worth of lenses and accessories. All films entered into this category are also eligible to be selected for the big prize as one of the Official Finalists in the main competition.
Finalists will get a taste of stardom as they walk the red carpet in Sydney and have their work judged by seasoned filmmakers, actors and other industry heavyweights. Past judges include Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush, Russell Crowe, Samuel L Jackson and Baz Luhrmann.
International and interstate finalists will be flown to Sydney for the huge live event.